Saturday, 15 August 2015
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Well, it's treasure to me (possibly because I have the mentality of a seven year old). I did a print just of beetles and bones and feathers called 'treasures', Mr nut loves it.
I know it's not Friday but I've got that Friday feeling because school is broken up for the summer now. In case you're wondering the nut trotted into school very proudly this morning holding the prints he'd made.
This is the first beetle in the forgetting beetles series, where I drew a beetle and then re-drew the sketch from memory. The original beetle I rescued from someone's else's garden, due to a strimmer accident. I think you can probably tell that there was carapace and leg damage, but I tried not to get too obsessed with the picture, more to observe closely
Here's the final beetle series. The detail and time spent on the sketch decays dramatically, but the final cartoon is so fully of life. Well, I think so anyway. I have more thoughts, but, another post maybe.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
And here he is with his work! Very proud. He learnt to do a three colour gradient, and I think he did a very nice job. Well done Mr Nut. There's one for the teaching assistant too of course- hurrah printing! And if they don't like it? It's recyclable (I'd totally put it on my wall, though)
Friday, 17 July 2015
Chemists call water the universal solvent, because it can dissolve most things eventually. It's the ultimate recycled product, wandering endlessly round the planet. The water you drink is the same the ancients drank, think about it. Dinosaur wee. It's ok, it's been purified since then.
Someone told me that water holds a memory of what was once in it, a mildly terrify thought considering all the things I've seen floating about in it in my various roles as swimmer, oceanographer and occasional cleaner of toilets.
The liquid from your tap may well be a tincture of whale.
Water, its cycles and patterns seem to be a good way to explore the interconnectedness of life regardless of my views on homeopathy (they were more fun to draw than a turd too). It also ties in nicely with my theme on memory, which I hope to release a little zine on. You can get them here:
Friday, 10 July 2015
However, for me, my favorite drawings are the ones are a subject I have drawn, and know, but am not drawing from life. It is as if the very essence is distilled, and though it's not how it appears in reality, that's how it appears to me, inside, it's key charactieristics. I think I'd like to work on a book of those drawings- but I also think I am wandering and thats a job for another blog post. Let me know your thoughts on the matter and I just might do it.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Prize winning peeps are: Jenny Galbraith, Sam Austin, Julie Robertson and Debbie Black- please drop me a line with your address so I can post you a raven.
I was going to do a video of the drawing names from a hat but then I would have had to go inside and get a hat and I'm too lazy for that, but at the same time I want you to imagine I used a hat and not a shoe filled with names written on bits of paper from a torn up medication fact sheet because that's what was to hand. So that's why there's no picture, sorry.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
A couple of people have been asking about the raven prints, so I was printing them today, and then I remembered it was national blood week, and I thought that the nature of the poster seemed sort of fitting so.. So well I'm afraid some of the type went missing.
Since the aim of this sort of event is to raise awareness, I'm giving these away these five limited prints.Some of you that know me will know that when my little boy was born, he was quite poorly. In fact, he needed a full blood transplant just to survive. That's a picture of him there, getting better after the transfusion.
Someone took the time and effort to go to the blood bank and they saved my baby's life and I'm so grateful for that.So, if you want a print, please share this post (I'll share it to my facebook/Twitter/tumblr/Instagram page to share from), or any #missingtype posts you can, remind your friends how important it is to give blood, and I'll stick your name in a hat. If less than four people are up for that, you'll all get free prints- fancy that. Dont forget to leave a comment/tag me if you share to somewhere I can't see, or are giving blood in real life cus that counts too.Here's a silly video of me printing (one handed)
The rules again: Share. Save lives. check back Monday to see if you have a prize.